Before and After — Breeanna in Light

The Before and After series focuses on the two or three key creative choices, in terms of composition and processing, that go into creating an image.  Specific technical details about the shot have been left out — you won’t hear me talking about tone curve adjustments and whatnot unless it was a key component of the end result.

Breeanna poses in the late afternoon sun.


  • Shutter:  1/250
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • ISO: 400
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Composition and Processing

  • We had a lot of hard sunlight hitting most of the room by this time of day, so I wanted to find some way to soften it a bit and create an interesting gradient in the background.  So I pulled the window shades down to act as a background scrim, then placed a large white translucent panel directly between the sun and Breeanna.  That softened things quite a bit and made it look more like artificial light than the sun.


April 24 2012 06:39 pm | Photography

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